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Lesson Plans

The Harlan Institute has selected five cases of interest for students that are currently pending before the United States Supreme Court. We have a prepared an online lesson plan for each case. Each plan will provide a FantasyCast YouTube vieo describing the case, a plain English explanation of the parties involved, the question presented, the background of the case, the opinion of the lower court, and the competing arguments of the Petitioner and the Respondent. Following this background information, the lesson plan will discuss all relevant constitutional provisions, statutes, precedents, and other relevant information needed to understand the case pending before the Supreme Court. The lesson plans will allow students to make predictions about the cases for points, and write blog posts for badges.

  • U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services v. Florida – Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Health Care Reform) constitutional? (Added on 1/12/11)
  • Hosanna-Tabor Church v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - Can a church discriminate against a teacher because of her disability, in light of the so-called “ministerial exception” whereby federal employment laws do not apply to religious leaders or church employees?
  • Florence v. Board of Freeholders of Burlington County, New Jersey - Does a jail’s policy of strip-searching all prisoners–even if there is no suspicion the prisoner poses a threat to others-violate an individual’s Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure?
  • M.B.Z. v. Clinton – Did Congress interfere with the President’s constitutional foreign policy-making power by passing a law that requires the State Department to list “Israel” as the place of birth for American citizens born in Jerusalem?
  • Rehberg v. Paulk - A government official knowingly provides false testimony to a grand jury that results in the arrest of an innocent citizen. Is that government official entitled to absolute immunity from a civil lawsuit?